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How I Afford To Travel: 1 Year, 15 Countries, And Just $2,000

One of the questions that I get asked the most is how I afford to travel. If you’ve ever seen my Instagram it would seem like I’m always jetting off to some new location and that I don’t have a concern in the world about money.

Well, believe it or not, Instagram isn’t real life. Shocking, I know. 😉

So today, I’m here to reveal exactly how I spent 1.5 years living abroad and visited 15 countries, when I only left my hometown with $2,000.  



1. Working Abroad

2016 was a pretty big year for me, and most of the epic adventures I had in 2016 took place while I was, believe it or not, working. I know it sounds crazy, but I promise I’m 100% serious.

After studying abroad in Florence, Italy over the summer of 2014, I made a connection with a tour guide at a student travel company. Months later, I applied and was hired to work as a sales person and tour guide for this very company.

How I Afford To Travel: 1 Year, 15 Countries, And

With co-workers on a company retreat in Liguria, Italy

Essentially, through selling trips to students studying abroad in Italy, I was able to live in Florence in free company housing and travel all over Europe on the weekends.

During my time working for a student travel company in Florence, I visited 10 countries and over 20 cities. I traveled almost every weekend, and all of my expenses on these trips were covered. 

How I Afford To Travel: 1 Year, 15 Countries, And